Dunmorean of the Month: Noah Barton

Noah Barton

On the soccer field, Noah Barton has been a fierce competitor for three years. He is sitting out his senior year to an ACL injury. (Photo Credit: Rich Banick Photography)

By Maureen Hart

Noah Barton, a 17-year-old senior at Dunmore High School, has experienced amazing highs and devastating lows during his four year career on the school’s varsity soccer team.

Noah, who started every game since his freshman year playing on the varsity team, suffered a torn right ACL playing indoor soccer last February 18.

As a result, despite all those starts and his phenomenal play, Noah has had to sit out his entire senior season.

While he admits this development has been difficult, the young man is making the best of a bad situation by attending every varsity game and assisting Coach Chris Phillips.

And Barton does have the excitement of watching his 14-year-old brother, Aden (also a starter as a freshman on varsity), although he is disappointed not to have the experience of actually playing with his brother at DHS.

“After the injury, it was very difficult for me” Noah admits. “I gained weight and felt so frustrated.”  

His reconstructive surgery was completed on April 12, but he will not be cleared to play again until February, 2019.

For his senior year, despite the injury, Noah was selected as a team captain, and he says he enjoys the new experience of coaching.

“I have always wanted to be helping the team, seeing it grow,” he points out. “I’m just forced to do that in a different way this year.”

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Noah Barton, right, is shown with his younger brother, Aden, who is also a member of the varsity soccer team.

Noah, who is the son of Heather Evans, a director of Scranton Counseling center (“She’s a huge fan,” he confides), also gives credit to the big role his stepfather, Dan Evans, has played in his life. “He would do anything for us,” Noah says. “He is a great human being.”

“My mother has been such a huge influence in my life,” Noah explains. “We are very close, and she has taught me  to respect other people, to have good values, and how to act in various situations.”

The family resides on West Grove Street, and their lawn is dotted with signs supporting both boys and their team.

Another influence has been Coach Phillips. “Among other things, he has taught me to be more of a team player, and how to control my anger. I used to get so upset over fouls!”

One of his favorite memories of his high school career was the first time he scored in a home game during his freshman year. “I can remember exactly how it happened,” he confides. “It was a long goal, from about 30 yards out, and I scored in the top right corner of the goal.”

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DHS soccer player Noah Barton is shown doing physical therapy at Allied Services to heal the ACL injury that has kept him off the field this season.

He went on to score 17 goals, the most on the team, during his sophomore year, and as a junior, he scored 18 goals and made the All Stars first team. One of his favorite memories was scoring two goals against the long-time undefeated Blue Ridge soccer team.

Noah’s interest in soccer began when he was five or six years old. He began playing competitively at age 12 or 13 on a travel team, and says he liked the game from the very beginning. At Dunmore High, he started as a defensive midfielder, but then became a forward.

“I just love soccer,” he says. “It consumes my whole life–whether I’m watching games, playing or learning the game. Even my job revolves around soccer.” Noah works at Soccer Plus in Clarks Summit.

After a lifetime passion for soccer, Noah envisioned playing his senior season with his brother, and having colleges take a look at him on the field. Instead, he has been doing physical therapy and working out every morning at 5:30. He completed the Race for the Cure last month, demonstrating his great progress since the injury.

Some colleges are showing interest, so Noah is sending out videos from past seasons. He is looking forward to next year, and says it will be a decision based on where he wants to go to school and who wants him to play.

Noah’s mother has seen him go through all of the ups and downs, and she says, “He was very down about the injury, but he is getting better as he is able to be more active.

“Naturally, it’s devastating when something like this happens, especially during the senior season. But Noah is trying to put it into perspective and go forward with a positive attitude.”

Noah Barton at AlliedAs Heather notes, “This has been heartbreaking for the whole family, because Noah had worked so hard. But we know it could be much worse. He could have a serious illness or something. This is something he can come back from.”

Naturally, Noah passes some of his time watching professional soccer, and his favorite team is Real Madrid. He became interested in the team when Cristiano Rinaldo was playing in Madrid.

“My family descent is Portuguese, so I liked that he was from Portugal,” Noah says. “But more than that, I think he is such a good team player and has a great winning attitude.”

As he finishes his senior year at Dunmore High School and looks ahead to college, Noah says he will really miss the school, and especially his teachers.

“I love Dunmore,” he concludes. “It’s the best place to be.”

Dunmoreans of the Month: Sam and Marlene Sebastianelli

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Marlene Sebastianelli opened a branch of her Case Quatro winery right next door to her husband Sam’s Pharmacy.

By Maureen Hart

Sam and Marlene Sebastianelli may reside in the Mid Valley, but their lives have become intrinsically woven into the fabric of Dunmore.

Sam, a 2001 graduate of Wilkes University with a pharmacy degree, is in his 15th year as owner and pharmacist at Dunmore Pharmacy, located at 702 N. Blakely Street.

Marlene, who holds a degree in speech pathology as well as an MBA from Marywood University, is owner of Case Quattro Winery, which just opened a branch store right next door to her husband’s pharmacy.

“It’s a long story,” Marlene, who also has a certificate in nursing home administration, explains, when asked how the two ended up in such contrasting businesses in Dunmore.

For Sam, son of Sam and Helen Sebastianelli of Jessup, it began after he graduated from Scranton Prep and Wilkes and took a position at a Tunkhannock pharmacy.

“I traveled back and forth for about 18 months, and it was a long drive, especially in the winter,” Sam recalls. “So I decided to look for something closer to home, which led to my opening a Medigap Pharmacy, which then became Dunmore Pharmacy.”

For Marlene, daughter of John Stranieri and Patricia Heffley, the path which evantually led her to winemaking grew out of a serious encounter with breast cancer.

“I was working in nursing home administration, which is a stressful 24-7 kind of job,” she explains. “When I got breast cancer, I was ill for a long time, with chemo and radiation, and a grueling series of 13 surgeries.”

At the worst point, Marlene suffered an infection during reconstruction surgery, and for awhile, it was thought she might not survive.

“I mean, it was at the point where my kids said their goodbyes,” she says. “But I got to the ICU in time, and I feel very lucky to be here now.”

Wanting to keep herself occupied after the long bout of illness, Marlene decided she and Sam should take a wine course together. She discovered that she had a knack for the wine making process, and instead of opening another pharmacy in a building on their property on Main Street in Peckville, Marlene opted to open Case Quattro three and a half years ago.

She is mostly self-taught, and says the most important thing to know is the age of the grapes when they are picked. She orders most of her grapes and juice from California and Italy.

When her new business began to take off, Marlene made a choice to leave her stressful nursing home career to work full-time in her winery, where she serves as main winemaker and marketing director.

At the Peckville site, Marlene has hosted graduation parties, reunions, showers, comedy nights, craft events, and wine tastings, and has sponsored wine bus tours to local wineries (the next one is scheduled for Sept. 8–call 570-382-3855 for details).


Sam and Marlene Sebastianelli are shown outside Dunmore Drug Store, which Sam has been running for the past 15 years.

When the location next to Dunmore Pharmacy became available — it was previously the home of a gift store and a tobacco shop–Marlene decided to take another plunge this summer and open a second wine shop in Dunmore.

“It just seemed like a good opportunity,” she explains. Her husband, who is usually very busy at the pharmacy, is supportive of his wife’s enterprise, and both enjoy the opportunity to pop over to see each other when there is any lull during the day.

Marlene is using her experience at the original location to fashion ideas for the new place, starting with Happy Hour Fridays each week from 5 to 7 p.m. She also hosts open mike nights, and encourages visitors to order or bring food to the store to enjoy with their wine selections during special events.

She stocks a wide variety of more than 36 wines, from dry whites (including Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Riesling); dry reds (her personal favorites are Oak Merlot and Pinot Noir), as well as sweet reds and whites; blush (White Zinfandel, Pink Moscato, Sangria), and Sweet Fruits including strawberry, peach, apple, pear, pomegranate, blackberry, raspberry and more.

The name for Case Quattro, which means “four houses” in Italian, was inspired by Sam’s family history. He has visited northwest Italy, where there are four Sebastianelli family houses on Isola Fossara. Marlene chose that as the name of the winery, and secured an artist to draw a mural of the four houses on the wall of the new establishment.

Sam is active in the Dunmore Lions Club, and his wife also likes to help the community. She recently raised $9,000 holding a benefit for a Dunmorean friend who has Stage 4 lupus, and she likes to use the winery to raise monies for local sports teams.

With the help of a few part-time employees, Marlene keeps the Dunmore location open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturdays from 1 p.m.. to 9 p.m. She is open on Sundays by appointment and four events.

The Sebastianellis have been married for seven years, and Marlene has two teenage daughters, Danielle and Jessica, who attend Scranton Prep. In addition to her busy career, Marlene has also been finding time to take her oldest daughter, who is interested in political science, to visit prospective colleges, including Temple, St. Joseph’s and Holy Cross.

“Danielle, who will be 18 in October, is very excited to be able to vote for the first time,” Marlene reveals.


Meet Miss Buck: Kayleigh Carey

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Photo Credit: Rich Banick Photography

By Maureen Hart

Kayleigh Carey, a 17-year-old senior at Dunmore High School, says there is nothing like standing at the 50-yard line of the season-opening football game to perform for the first time as Miss Buck.

“You’re standing there alone, adrenaline flowing, and it’s nerve-wracking,” she recalls.

“But it’s also such a fantastic moment. It’s a big honor to be Miss Buck at Dunmore High School. All little girls look up to her.”

Kayleigh, who was chosen for the honor during tryouts last March 16, started twirling lessons with Sherry Nicolais at the age of two, and has always dreamed of being Miss Buck.

“When I was a little girl, I always looked up to the current Miss Buck as a role model,” she confesses. “And now I am honored to be that role model for other little girls.”

The daughter of Lori and Tom Carey of Butler Street, Dunmore, Kayleigh also had another role model growing up when her older sister, Alicia, served as Miss Buck during the 2010-2011 season.

Alicia, now 25, went on to graduate from Temple University, and is employed as an event planner at Constantino’s Catering.

“I always looked up to Alicia, and I wanted to be as good a twirler as she was,” Kayleigh says.

Miss Buck on field

Photo Credit: Rich Banick Photography

Kayleigh and Alicia have another sister, Kelliann, 20, a student at Penn State Worthington. Both of them also work for Constantino’s, which has become something of a family tradition.

Although it takes a lot of training and practice to become an outstanding twirler, Kayleigh has many other things on her plate.

She serves as co-captain of the varsity basketball cheerleaders and as an officer of the TACT Club (Teens Against Corporate Tobacco) and of the Health Careers Club. A member of the National Honor Society, she is also active with the SADD Club, Spanish Club, and Earth Club.

“I love Dunmore High School,” she notes. “It is a great place to grow up and make friends. I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else.”

She is also an altar server as SS. Anthony and Rocco Church and over the summer she served as a camp counselor at St. Anthony’s Park.

Kayleigh received her twirling routine in January and worked hard to perfect it for the March tryouts,–which are held in front of the entire student body, who then get to vote on their choice. The school principal then counts the votes and announces the winner.

“When my name was called out, I was just overwhelmed and so excited,” she remembers. “It was good to know that working on something for such a long time paid off in the end, and I’m really proud it became a reality.”

Kayleigh’s favorite school subject is math, and she has taken a CAB class during which she drew up floor plans. This class spurred her interest in architecture as a  potential career, so over the summer she shadowed architect Laura Gillette Mills, who is with Hemmler Camayd Architecture in Scranton.

“I found I really like architecture and I hope to major in it at Temple,” she explains. She says she fell in love with Temple when her sister Alicia was a student there.

Kayleigh says her parents are very proud of her achievements. And she admits that she would want any future daughter of hers to pursue the same dream of working hard in order to be chosen Miss Buck.